On Tue, 14 May 2013 10:07:48 -0700, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>I'm not sure if we heard the magical song of the hermit-thrush. Here it is
This is a mostly an Off Topic post but not completely. Stick to or go to the
end for the good part (#5). The middle is probably something that only CR
and myself will care about.
1) I have a plush toy hermit thrush by my desk. It plays its song when I
squeeze its tummy. My dog almost always comes running up when I do although
wolves and what-not on TV don't interest him.
2) In the last few years hermit thrushes have appeared in a couple of the
nearby woods. So far I haven't heard any this year.
3) In the last two years I've occasionally heard one in the evening when in
the house. The song comes from some woods across the river.
4) I generally love to hear hermit thrushes but last year camping in the
mountains they were driving me crazy. I was hearing them from dawn to dusk.
5) Here's the almost on topic bit. 1922 was a good year for hermit thrushes
in the arts. There was Eliot's "Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop" and Mrs.
H.H.A. Beach (aka Amy Beach) published two works mimicing the hermit thrush
that she wrote the previous year, "The Hermit Thrush at Eve" and "The Hermit
Thrush at Morn."
Here is a description from
The title "Two Hermit Thrush Pieces" is our convenient label referring to
the two pieces about a hermit thrush written by Amy Beach in 1921 and
sharing the same opus number. She had established herself as among the most
often performed of American composers, male or female, but was already
becoming something of an elder spokeswoman of a generation whose music was
rapidly going out of fashion. In 1921 she stayed for the first time at the
MacDowell Colony, an artists¹ and musicians¹ retreat in Peterborough, New
Hampshire. The melody of these two pieces was provided by a "most voluble
thrush." She noted his song on paper, and began playing it back to him. The
bird would answer, and they had a "conversation" in this manner. She then
used the tune as the basis for these two charming pieces. The "Morn" piece
is bright in tone and pictures the bird¹s exuberant flight. The "Eve" piece
is cloudy and twilit in mood, and gets darker as it goes on.
A search on Youtube for "Amy Beach" and "hermit thrush" will bring up a
number of performances.